Mustang Tiji Festival Trek

Mustang, one of the demanding and popular trekking destination of our country offers some of the majestic experiences to the visitors. Mustang Tiji Festival is especially designed for those trekkers and adventure lovers who wish to trek on the rough and challenging trails and also want to explore the authentic and ancient culture of Sherpa and Tamang people living in the Mustang region. Mustang Trek offers you the best scenic views of Himalayas with a rich and ancient cultures of people living in this region.
Mustang Tiji Festival lasts for 3 days and is usually celebrated in the month of May. This authentic festival is mostly celebrated in Upper Mustang and in Lo-Manthang. Tiji, the abbreviation of the word “Tempa Chirim” means the prayer for world peace and is also known as “The Chasing of Demons”. This festival is celebrated in the memory of the victory of Lord Buddha’s incarnation as Dorjee Sonu over a cruel demon called Man Tam Ru who was feeding on human beings and causing droughts and storms. The famous festival of Mustang is celebrated by performing ritual dances and celebrations. You will also do the sightseeing of some of the highest mountain ranges of the world.

Mustang Tiji Festival starts with the sightseeing of the capital city of our country. We will then trek to Kagbeni and moving ahead will take us to famous Chele village. Trekking through the ancient villages of Mustang region will take us to the famous Syangbochen village where you can do the sightseeing of ancient culture and lifestyle of local villagers. We will then trek through Ghami and then through Tsarang to reach Lo-Manthang. After the sightseeing of festival, we will trek via Chhuksang and reach Jomsom from where we will fly back to Kathmandu and end our trip.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu:
Day 02 Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:
Day 03 Flight to Pokhara:
Day 04 Pokhara to Jomsom and then trek to Kagbeni:
Day 05 Trek to Chussang:
Day 06 Trek to Samar:
Day 07 Trek to Ghiling:
Day 08 Trek to Tsarang:
Day 09 Trek to Lo-Manthang:
Day 10 Rest Day at Lo-Manthang:
Day 11 Trek to Ghami:
Day 12 Trek to Samar
Day 13 Trek to Yak Kharka:
Day 14 Trek to Muktinath:
Day 15 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom:
Day 16 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 17 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:
Day 18 Departure day:

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Kathmandu:

    This will be the first day of our trekking journey. After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be transferred to our hotel via private vehicle. We will rest for some time and then begin the sightseeing of the capital city of our country. At evening, you will be welcomed with a typical Nepali food at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at Hotel.

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  • Day 02

    Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:

    After an early morning breakfast, you will do the sightseeing of some of the famous places of Kathmandu valley. You will be transferred to many places of Kathmandu with our private vehicle which includes Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambunath Stupa, Bouddanath Stupa and other many famous places of Kathmandu. At evening, you will meet your fellow trekking mates and then we will have a short briefing about the journey in our office. An evening stroll at Thamel and Durbarmarg will give you much energy which will help you at the trek. Overnight at Hotel.

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  • Day 03

    Flight to Pokhara:

    We will first have an early morning breakfast and then we will take a scenic flight to Pokhara which will take about 25 minutes. You will get an opportunity to view the Himalayan panorama and then we will reach the city of Lakes Pokhara. We can do the sightseeing of this beautiful place and then stay at Hotel for overnight.

    4,260 m
  • Day 04

    Pokhara to Jomsom and then trek to Kagbeni:

    We will today take an early morning break fast and then start our trek. We will trek ahead and then climb the tiring landscapes to reach Kagbeni. We will do the sightseeing of some of the ancient villages of Mustang region and then reach Kagbeni.

    4,260 m
  • Day 05

    Trek to Chussang:

    Today after an early morning breakfast, we will start our trek and then trek via the ancient villages to reach Chussang. We will trek via the trail of Kali Gandaki river and then trek ahead via the hills and unique landscapes. Trekking via the barren land will take us to the ancient villages and then finally to Chussang. Overnight at Chussang.

    4,260 m
  • Day 06

    Trek to Samar:

    The first village which we will reach is Chele. After passing this village we will trek through the stream via the broken canyons and ruin castle walls on the around cliffs. After passing the river from Chussang we will see some massive red eroded cliffs higher the mouths of unreachable caves. After passing the tiny bridge an up climb for about 45 minutes brings to Chele town. From this village walk gets steep up for an hour up to ridge at 3,130m, A perfect vistas of Gyagar across a big canyon is visible. Afterwards the path goes up slowly to barren terrain upto at 3,540m. Normal decent for a while takes us to Samar for overnight stay.

    4,260 m
  • Day 07

    Trek to Ghiling:

    The trek today takes after the minor climb above Samar town to an edge, with a descend to a deep gorge to a Chorten painted red, dark, yellow and white. Every one of the colors are produced using nearby stones. Meeting some Juniper trees, the trek goes ahead to another township. From here the way slips to Shyangmochen, little livings with some tea houses at 3,710m, taking right downhill the trek drops towards to Gelling for medium-term remain.

    4,260 m
  • Day 08

    Trek to Tsarang:

    From Gelling, the path goes up graciously via the fields up the centre of the valley, crossing below the Tama Gung village. The walk carries on a long climb across the head of the valley to the Byi La Pass 3,950m which is also elevated place of the trek as well the cross itself happens to be the southern bounadry of Lo. From here a normal down for half an hour arrives to junction and the right trail leads to Tsarang and then we will move towards the left Ghami town.

    4,260 m
  • Day 09

    Trek to Lo-Manthang:

    Today is the day you arrive the final destination. The path starts with short downfalls passing the Charangchu River with steep uphill on side and crossing via the Tholung valley. Path seperates with normal climb as the valley goes up to a large Chorten which marks the boundary of Tsarang and Lo-Mangthang. After that we climb the landscapes on elevation of 3,850 meter where from the clear Lo-Mangthang village can be seen. As there is only one entry point in this place at the northern side, one has to circle the wall to reach main gate to get inside the Lo-Mangthang village

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  • Day 10

    Rest Day at Lo-Manthang:

    Having around 150 houses the Lo-Mangthang village is residence of lamas, the closely located, and palaces and monasteries are in bottom portion in these houses. The school, health post, police station is situated outside the walls to the north. People of Lo-manthang, they are very much Tibetan and are based on practical cultural economy. Before strong trade with Tibet was disrupted, all of the salt and wool trade on the Kali Gandaki crossed via Lo-mangthang. This is the village where the king of Mustang lived. During the trek you will be exploring all the significant and cultural places which will mesmerize you.

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  • Day 11

    Trek to Ghami:

    As we start to return back from the trek, today’s walk mostly goes downhill. However short climbs are needed and have to be faced. Firstly, we will climb up to the top where from the last view can be seen of Lo-Mangthang village, then we descend downhill slopes where most of the path to Ghimi town. Ghimi is another significant town of this area.

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  • Day 12

    Trek to Samar:

    The path goes straight route to Nyi La, with a climb to the side and then continuing upwards and then we will encounter the road from Tsarang. From the top the steep descend waits all the way to Gelling town. After passing stream once again, the trail climbs up towards to large painted Chorten. Then we will head straight towards the path to our overnight camp.

    4,260 m
  • Day 13

    Trek to Yak Kharka:

    Our trek from Samar goes to the less known region by the westerners, descending on the same route for 3 hours via Chele town and then arriving to Mustang Khola. And then we the trek leads climbing further up to the ridge on leaving the village way. We will head down where the walk is more less on the gradual uphill trek and we arrive our overnight camp.

    4,260 m
  • Day 14

    Trek to Muktinath:

    Less frequented upper part of Mustang, you will be viewing more of fellow treks, the trek from the camp towards to slow climb for less than an hour up to 3,970m. From here the trek leads down and we start to slope down for Muktinath. The massive views of the Nilgiri and Tukuche peak can be seen easily from this point. At evening, you will visit the holy temple of Muktinath.

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  • Day 15

    Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom:

    After the sightseeing of the Muktinath temple, we will leave Muktinath and then trek via Jharkot. Trekking ahead via the ancient villages and trekking down will take us to Jomsom. Overnight at Jomsom.

    4,260 m
  • Day 16

    Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara:

    After an early morning breakfast, we will take a flight back to Pokhara. You can do the sightseeing of this beautiful city or just stroll at the lakeside of beautiful Phewa lake. Overnight at Pokhara.

    4,260 m
  • Day 17

    Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu:

    After the sightseeing of Pokhara, we will take an early morning drive back to Kathmandu. We will take some rest and then you can freely visit the capital city an stroll in the local streets of this city. At evening, you will have a farewell dinner and then hosted with some typical Nepal dishes. Overnight at Kathmandu.

    4,260 m
  • Day 18

    Departure day:

    You will be taken to the airport and then you will fly to your respective country.

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Include

• Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3/4/5 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
• Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
• Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
• All accommodations during the trek.
• Your destination map.
• Both ways domestic Flights with airport tax.
• An experienced Government licensed holder Climbing guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
• Permit
• Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
• Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
• If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
• All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
• Travel & Rescue arrangement.
• All government taxes and Vat.

Exclude

• Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
• Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
• equipment / Gears
• Your Travel insurance.
• International airfare.
• Nepal entry visa (You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
• All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, Water )
• Personal shopping and laundry etc.
• Personal trekking Equipment’s.
• Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
• If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.

Usefull Info

Important Note and Optional Activities: We, at Pikey Paradise trek are always concerned about the safety of our clients while travelling with us. Just be sure that your trek leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of itinerary if it is necessary for the safety concerns. We will work and put every effort to keep the above itinerary as it is but as we are travelling in the remote and isolated areas od mountainous region, we can’t guarantee it! Some of the major factors of changing the itinerary are the health of clients and also the extreme weather conditions. Our trek leader will try to do their best as to run according to the plan on the trip but we personally recommend to be prepared for the changes in itinerary if necessary. You will be informed if there will be changes in the itinerary by your trek leader. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of our itinerary and our makes no representation about the safety of the activity. We recommend to use your own judgements when choosing any optional activities in your free time.

Acclimatization:

Trekking itinerary of Pikey Paradise is designed with a high degree of minimization of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). We won’t be going to the higher altitudes too fast as it causes a serious medical condition which may lead to death. The higher the altitude the less oxygen there is in air. On the height above 5000m in mountain ranges, oxygen level drops low at more than 50%. Human body need to adapt at this attitude so we will take acclimatization and rest days on some of the points of our trek. We recommend to the clients who are suffering from heart and lung disease to consult with their doctor before being a part of the journey. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS. Our itineraries are designed to try to prevent AMS but it is important to remember, some people can be more susceptible than others.

Trek leader and Staff Arrangements:

We, at Pikey Paradise firmly believe that if you want to get the most of the output from your staffs, you must treat them well. We also believe that a happy staff is a hard-working staff. We extremely believe in these things and also try our best to maintain a good relationship with our staffs.

Most of the emphasis are given to the local leaders and local guides as we believe working with the staffs of local communities is ore fruitful. We provide training for all our staff and all our trek leaders are trained in the following as a minimum;

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

At, Pikey Peak, we guarantee our clients that they are working and coping with the best professionals of the country who are friendlier and also much experienced on their respective field. All of our guides are fluent in speaking English and if you want, we are ready to provide you guides who are good at speaking other languages such as French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Italian. We only select professionals who are experienced, have leadership skills, are friendly in nature and also have a good personal ability. All these years, we have learnt that one of the major needed things in the trip is the leadership quality that a guide should have so that the trip will be safe, enjoyable and successful.

You will also be glad to know that most of our guides are actually from the mountainous region of our country and have spent half of their whole life in the most isolated and remote areas of our country. Mountainous region is the home for them and walking through these challenging paths is in their blood. They’re not ‘familiar’ with local communities, they’re a part of them. They don’t ‘know’ local culture, they practice it. They truly love their home and relish getting the opportunity to show travelers why.

Porter Care

One of the most underrated professionals of our country are the porters who are a major part in the trekking and expedition journeys at the Himalayas. No doubt, the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of these hard-working porters. We must be blessed with the effort of the porters as their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipment and baggage makes the journey to the Himalayan region successful. So, its kind of unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights.

We assure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we also provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as team members and we have previously used helicopters – at our expense – to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter’s sake we require that all trekkers keep their bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds.

We totally support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns:

Most of the areas of the Himalayan region is stunningly beautiful but at the same hand it’s to risky as well. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts, and staff can advise how to minimize your impact.

Trekking to the base camp of the mountain of our country is not an easy task and one should be in a good health and physical condition. Most of the days have four to five hours of walking and some of the days are up to seven hours as well. Although less but these walks are very much tiring and difficult. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself in the lead-up to your trip with some regular exercise, the best form of which is long walks in hilly areas. Technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination.

We recommend to let us know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions as it might be difficult above 5000m if you get sick. Also, before coming to Nepal it’s important to consult your doctor regarding vaccinations and any other medical concerns that the trip may raise. Medical and evacuation expenses are your responsibility

A typical day on the trail:

You will be waked up early in the morning with a bucket of hot water to wash in. You will then have your breakfast and then pack your bag to head for the trek. We will trek through forests, hills, mountains and local villages all about 3hours. We will then stop for an hour at a particularly pleasant spot and have our lunch. We will then again start our trek and trek about another 3hours to reach the destination where we will stay for overnight. Then you can have tea or coffee and some light snacks, before exploring the area with trek leader or just relaxing until dinner is served in a warm dining hall.

Evenings are quite interesting and fun as we will be chatting and doing entertainment stuffs with our fellow trek mates. Finally, it’s off to bed for a well-deserved night’s rest before you start it all again.

Pre-Trip Meeting:

Our trek journey starts with a pre-trip meeting at Kathmandu at our office. We will be usually doing the pree-trip meeting on the second day of our trekking journey and then you will be introduced to your fellow trek mates. You will also be introduced with your trek leader and then you can ask the important questions to your trek leaders in the pre-trip meeting.

The Trekking Group:

For the Everest Base Camp trek, there will be one leader, one assistant leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should any one of them fall ill, the trip can still go on as planned. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but generally have a maximum of ten people, as we’ve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you’d like to make a group booking for more than ten people it can easily be arranged.

Accommodations:

The cost of the accommodations in this trek is included in the trip cost and we have chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. All accommodation is based on twin share. We will provide you single supplement if there is different sex. For the solo trip and on request single supplement will be charge US$300.

Toilet Facilities – On trek, toilet facilities are available at Tea Houses but some places are beyond your expectation and you should be satisfied with a local toilet.

Meals during Trek:

All Meals on full board basis will be provided during the cost spent on trek. Three meals (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Bhutanese, Continental, Italian and Indian cuisine) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will also be provided by our company and at the same cost.

 

 

 

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